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Te Mangōroa - Māori achieving education success as Māori
External site where you can find more professional readings on Māori learners' success in English-medium schools. Once on the site, go to the research and evaluation page.

Ka Hikitia – Ka Hāpaitia
A cross-agency strategy for the education sector that sets out how  the Ministry of Education will work with education services to achieve system shifts in education.

The aim is to support Māori learners and their whānau, hapū and iwi and to achieve excellent and equitable outcomes.

Reflect cultural perspectives, consider te ao Māori and other cultures, design to support protocols and practices (2019)
Offers suggestion for implementing the strategy such as considering culturally located learning spaces, visibly valuing students’ culture, and strengthening design through partnership

You can download a PDF of the document.

Two other PDF documents are available for download:

  • Māui whakakau, kura whakakau: The impact of physical design on Māori and Pasifika student outcomes
  • Māui whakakau, kura whakakau: Teaching and learning environments to support priority learners

Supporting ākonga Māori 
A guide for kaiako across the sector (from early years to senior secondary) that provided strategies for building genuine learning-focussed partnerships.

Provides information about how to develop a culturally-sustaining partnership with ākonga Māori, their whānau, hapū, and iwi.

Two other PDF documents are available for download:

  • Tātaiako: Cultural competencies for teachers of ākonga Māori
  • Ka Hikitia: Actions for schools – Te Whānau: Education provision responds to learners within the context of their whānau

Partnering with parents, whānau, and communities 
Sets out information about ways to partner with parents.

Presents the following key strategies.

  • Model a commitment to inclusion
  • Support reciprocal learning
  • Partner with whānau
  • Build community networks

Rongohia te Hau: Effective support for culturally responsive teaching
A best evidence feature is about demonstrated Māori expertise in the ‘how’ of scaling improvement for Māori enjoying and achieving education success as Māori in English-medium education.

A collection of videos is also included.

Embracing cultural narratives (Educational Leaders)
Covers a range of topics such as what is a cultural narrative and what does it tells us, engaging with mana whenua, and examples of cultural narratives.

Evaluation of He Kākano: Professional development for leaders in secondary schools 2011-2012 (2014)
Details the bicultural approach of the He Kākano evaluation, methodology, data analysis, key findings, strengths and weaknesses and recommendations for future school leadership professional learning programmes intending to promote educational outcomes for Māori student success as Māori.

Downloadable PDF (2.4 MB) and Word doc (4.6 MB)

Evaluation of the Te Kauhua Māori Mainstream Pilot Project (2004)
Reviews key findings and suggests recommendations for further research.

Downloadable PDF (1.3 MB) and Word doc (2.6 MB)

Running the Gauntlet: A gifted Māori learner's journey through secondary school (2000)
Jill Bevan-Brown shares a number of stories illustrating what schooling is like for many gifted Māori learners. She presented her work at the Now is the Future Conference in Auckland (October 2000).

e-asTTle and Assessment tool
Links to an external site designed to provide reliable and valid assessment information for teachers and students to enhance teaching and learning.

Supports the shift in understanding of best educational practice from an emphasis on assessment of learning to assessment for learning.

Teachers as learners: Improving outcomes for Māori and Pasifika students through inquiry (2009)
Archived learning materials and teachers’ stories primarily for teachers and school leaders

The resource illustrates how teachers have used an inquiry approach to teaching to become more culturally responsive and to improve outcomes for their Māori and Pasifika students.

Te Hiringa i te Mahara | The Power of the mind
Māori secondary school teachers and professional development – 1998–2008:10 YEARS ON – recounts the continuing relevance and resonance of Māori culture in the context of accomplishment and marks ten years of development, professional and personal, by Maori secondary teachers.

Te Hiringa it e Mahara aims to help Māori secondary teachers achieve manageable workloads; develop a positive view of themselves and their work; build their professional capability; improve their teaching practice; and engage confidently with their professional peer sand leaders

Education Review Office (ERO)

Examined how well schools manage teachers' professional learning and development (PLD).

Managing Professional Learning and Development in Primary Schools (2009)
This report discusses how well primary schools:

  • plan for PLD
  • build a culture in which teachers learn and develop
  • monitor the effectiveness of teachers’ learning and development.

Downloadable PDF (331.22 MB) 

Managing Professional Learning and Development in Secondary Schools (2009) 
This report discusses how well secondary schools:

  • plan for PLD
  • build a culture in which teachers learn and develop
  • monitor the effectiveness of teachers’ learning and development.

Downloadable PDF (823.68 KB)

Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis (BES)

The Ministry’s Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) programme is a collaborative knowledge building strategy designed to strengthen the evidence base that informs education policy and practice in New Zealand.

The new School Leadership and Student Outcomes: What Works and Why Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) has been launched by the Minister of Education. The reports identify what works and why and discusses leadership practices that have the greatest impact on student outcomes.

School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and Why Best Evidence Synthesis (2009)
The big finding is that when school leaders promote and participate in effective teacher professional learning, the impact on student outcomes across a school has twice the impact of other methods.

Downloadable PDF (3.3 MB)

Teacher Professional Learning and Development: Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration BES (2007)
Consolidates the international and New Zealand evidence around the emerging knowledge base about how to promote teacher learning in ways that impact on outcomes for the diversity of students in our classrooms.

Downloadable PDF (2.8 MB)

Better relationships for better learning

Partnering with families, employers, iwi and communities
Information on this Ministry of Education describes the benefits creating strong partnerships with parents, iwi and Pacific groups. Advice and resources about creating and maintaining these connections are also provided.

Board information
A range of guidance and resources that support boards to meet their obligations to both the Education and Training Act 2020 and to their schools.

Communities of learning is one of the resources useful for Boards.

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